Apple will release a watch-like wearable device in October that will primarily be used for healthcare monitoring, according to a report from Japan's Nikkei.
Online video provider Netflix is accelerating its transition to HTML5-based streaming, a move that should improve load times for viewers and make 4K video streaming easier to deliver.
During its annual developer's conference, Apple took the wraps off the newest version of its tablet and smartphone operating system, iOS 8. The platform includes a number of new functions and features for iPad and iPhone users, and a wide range of new services and tools for iOS app developers. Specifically, Apple announced iOS 8 will allow applications to interact with each other, a feature that has long been available to Android app developers and long sought after by iOS app developers.
Developers were practically high-fiving each other via Twitter on Monday following Apple's WWDC announcements regarding TestFlight beta-testing, extensibility features and the more than 4,000 new APIs in iOS 8.
Apple took a tentative step into the mobile healthcare market with the introduction of HealthKit, a new software suite that lets developers access health data from a variety of applications to create a single health profile. Apple also introduced a standalone, user-facing app called "Health" as part of its iOS 8 software update that can monitor a variety of health-related metrics from different apps in a single dashboard.
Apple is kicking off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference today, and there are expectations that it will introduce some new software beyond its usual updates to its iOS platform and OS X platform for Macs.
Microsoft could soon jump into the wearable device market with a smart watch that is loaded with sensors and works with Apple iPhones, Google's Android phones and Microsoft's own Windows Phones, according to a report from Forbes.
Apple's foray into the "smart home" market will not include a full-blown control platform, according to a GigaOM report. Instead, the program will merely certify home automation products from other companies with the "Made for iPhone" label.
Continuing a long-running Apple messaging campaign that dates back to Steve Jobs, company content chief Eddy Cue told attendees at technology blog Re/code 's Code Conference on Wednesday that the "TV experience sucks" and that all consumers have at their disposal today are "glorified DVRs."
Apple confirmed it will buy Beats Electronics for around $3 billion, acquiring a maker of premium headphones with a fledgling streaming music service but also getting cachet and connections to the music industry.